Gov. Whitmer announces updates to pandemic restrictions

Chancey Boyce, Web Editor

On Dec. 18, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the state, updating the changing COVID-19 lockdown measures. As of midnight on Monday, the state lifted lockdowns on stadiums, casinos, bowling alleys, movie theaters, high schools, and amusement parks. Restaurants have not yet been allowed to open. This order is expected to run through Jan. 15 (Local 4). 

Concessions are not allowed at these venues, social distancing is mandated, and there are attendance caps on all of these venues based on available space in each venue. For example, no more than 100 people can attend the same event unless the event is at a stadium, sports arena, or concert hall. No more than six people from each household are allowed at a particular venue at a particular time (Detroit Free Press).

Monroe Public Schools will remain closed.

“We’re seeing encouraging numbers. Michiganders did what they were supposed to do over the Thanksgiving holiday, and we avoided the surge so many other states are seeing,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Many Michigan lawmakers in the legislature expressed dismay at the measure.

“I am upset and frustrated that the governor once again decided to go it alone and announce devastating restrictions with no input from the Legislature — at the same time we’ve been hard at work finalizing critical relief funding for Michigan workers and businesses affected by these ongoing shutdowns,” said Rep. Joe Bellino, who represents Monroe County in the Michigan State Legislature.